Re: Erie Straight-Sill gon kitbash?

Richard Townsend

In the June 1986 MR there was a "Paint Shop" article by Bill Mischler on making an Erie 14000-14499 series gondola from the Athearn 50' gon. Bill notes that the kitbash (cut off the fishbellies from the sides and trim the crossbearers) "doesn't duplicate the real car exactly" and that certainly is true, but it makes a decent stand-in.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...>
Sent: Tue, Jan 10, 2023 3:40 pm
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Erie Straight-Sill gon kitbash?

The weird structure in ERIE 15850 is actually part of the car -- It is used for handling specific
types of export crates. Also, the ends must have been welded shut because the car is listed as
having solid ends in this configuration. There were 100 cars in this series, all so equipped ! I wonder
if anyone out there ever took a photo of a loaded car. :-)

The cars were operated like this for years!

On 1/10/2023 6:32 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:

The Athearn gondola is not a prototype of anything, but the Erie did have some 48 foot straight side gondolas
with fishbelly center sills -- This one (ERIE 15850) had drop ends. It's a 1960 photo so I think it is a renumbered
car from series 14000 to 14499. Most Erie gondolas seem to have drop ends in 1950.

On 1/9/2023 8:08 PM, nyc3001 . wrote:
Was there ever a straight-sill Erie gon that resembled the Athearn 50' mill gon? I purchased what was claimed to be an Erie gon kitbash, but it turns out the 14500 series had fishbelly side sills.

-Phil Lee

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